(Faint"ling) a. Timorous; feeble-minded. [Obs.] "A fainting, silly creature." Arbuthnot.
(Faint"ly), adv. In a faint, weak, or timidmanner.
1. The state of being faint; loss of strength, or of consciousness, and self-control.
2. Want of vigor or energy. Spenser.
3. Feebleness, as of color or light; lack of distinctness; as, faintness of description.
4. Faint-heartedness; timorousness; dejection.
I will send a faintness into their hearts.Lev. xxvi. 36.
(Faints) n. pl. The impure spirit which comes over first and last in the distillation of whisky; the
former being called the strong faints, and the latter, which is much more abundant, the weak faints.
This crude spirit is much impregnated with fusel oil. Ure.
(Faint"y) a. Feeble; languid. [R.] Dryden.
(Fair) a. [Compar. Fairer ; superl. Fairest.] [OE. fair, fayer, fager, AS. fæger; akin to OS. &
OHG. fagar, Icel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs fit, also to E. fay, G. fügen, to fit. fegen
to sweep, cleanse, and prob. also to E. fang, peace, pact, Cf. Fang, Fain, Fay to fit.]
1. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure.
A fair white linen cloth.Book of Common Prayer.
2. Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.
Who can not see many a fair French city, for one fair French made.Shak.
3. Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin.
The northern people large and fair- complexioned.Sir M. Hale.
4. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as,
a fair sky; a fair day.
You wish fair winds may waft him over.Prior.
5. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; said of a road, passage,
etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.
The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged.Sir W. Raleigh.
6. (Shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; said of the figure
of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.
7. Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just;
said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement. "I would call it fair